Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines, Coast Guardsmen and civilian staff members of the Joint Force Headquarters National Capital Region and the U.S. Military District Washington celebrated the Army’s 236th birthday during a traditional cake cutting ceremony at Fort McNair, June 14, 2011.

The youngest Soldier of the command, Spec. Craig Kimbrell, operations, and the oldest Soldier, Col. Marilyn Brew, medical plans and operations, used a bayonet and an Army saber to cut the cake.

This year marks the 236th birthday of the United States Army, established June 14, 1775, to secure the Nation’s independence. Since then, generations of Americans have stepped forward to defend our freedoms and security.

From the Revolutionary War to today's current operations, Soldiers have remained committed to the Army values - loyalty, duty, respect, selfless service, honor, integrity and personal courage. These men and women have selflessly and continuously defended our rights at home, and have protected the rights of our friends and allies in various conflicts throughout the world. In addition, the Army's contributions to our nation reach far beyond the battlefield and have made innovations to society in science, exploration and medicine.

According to the 37th Chief of Staff of the Army Gen. Martin Dempsey, "in the coming year, we will chart a path for America’s Army that preserves our legacy, which builds on what we have learned from this decade of war, and that will help define who we are as professionals as we face the challenges ahead."